Tourism Xenophilia: Examining Attraction to Foreignness

Nørfelt, Astrid W., Kock, Florian, and Josiassen, Alexander (2020) Tourism Xenophilia: Examining Attraction to Foreignness. Journal of Travel Research, 59 (8). pp. 1386-1401.

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Abstract

Individuals have demonstrated an attraction toward foreignness, which, arguably, constitutes a central reason to travel. Drawing on research from social and evolutionary psychology, the authors provide the first investigation of tourism xenophilia (TXI), which we define as individuals’ attraction toward the perceived foreignness of destinations. Across three studies, the authors conceptualize, develop, and apply a reliable, valid, and parsimonious TXI scale. The results show that TXI explains several important tourist and resident behaviors, such as willingness to engage with locals, willingness to stay at a bed-and-breakfast, intention to try local food, resident hospitality, support for immigration policies, and travel to foreign destinations. The authors also empirically investigate three key antecedents of TXI: promotion focus, boredom proneness, and mind-wandering. Finally, implications for academics and practitioners are discussed.

Item ID: 73577
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-6763
Keywords: evolutionary psychology, fundamental motives, intergroup bias, tourism xenophilia, tourist behavior
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2019
Date Deposited: 15 May 2022 23:19
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350806 Tourist behaviour and visitor experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1104 Tourism services > 110402 Socio-cultural issues in tourism @ 100%
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